In a Queer Gothic Space and Time: Love Triangles in Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate


  • Silvia Antosa Università degli Studi di Palermo



In her work, Jeanette Winterson consistently shows an interest in history and the way in which it has been transmitted through generations. In particular, she attempts to fill in the gaps of historical representation by shedding light on those identities that were marginalised and made invisible because they ostensibly violated society’s norms, or because they were perceived as deviant and threatening for the social order. From her first novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985) to her more recent works, Winterson reclaims a verbal and symbolic space for those subjects whom society has failed to recognise. Winterson narratively revisits history by adopting and combining several technical postmodern strategies, such as historiographic metafiction, parody, intertextuality, self-reflectivity and pastiche. In so doing, she aims to explore the cultural construction of sexual and gender identities as well as to challenge patriarchal and heterosexual hegemonic discourses.


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Biografia autore

Silvia Antosa, Università degli Studi di Palermo

Silvia Antosa is Lecturer of English Literature at the University of Palermo. Her research focuses on the cultural and narrative constructions, intersections and representations of gender, sexuality, race and identities in British literary texts from the late eighteenth century up to the contemporary period. She is the author of Richard Francis Burton: Victorian Explorer and Translator (Peter Lang, 2012) and Crossing Boundaries: Bodily Paradigms in Jeanette Winterson’s Fiction 1985-2000 (Aracne 2008). She has edited the following interdisciplinary volumes on queer studies and theories: Queer Crossings: Theories, Bodies, Texts (Mimesis, 2012), Gender and Sexuality: Rights, Language and Performativity (Aracne, 2012) and Omosapiens II: Spazi e identità queer (Carocci 2007). She has published extensively on nineteenth-century narrative, travel writing and poetry as well as on contemporary British fiction.




Come citare

Antosa, Silvia. 2015. «In a Queer Gothic Space and Time: Love Triangles in Jeanette Winterson’s The Daylight Gate». Altre Modernità, n. 13 (maggio):152-67.



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